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Mayor's Cup 10 Miler (15k)

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Shelby Township,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:


16:52 Phillies Charities 5k (2016)

35:52 Beach to Beacon 10k (2015)

58:10 Broad Street 10 Mile (2016)

1:16:02 Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon (2015)

2:46:54 Philadelphia Marathon (2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

List of Possible 2020 Races

March 15: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile Gravel Race

March 28: Dirty 30 Gravel Race

April 4: Lowell Spring Classic 33 Mile

April 18: Barry Roubaix 36-Mile Gravel Race

May 02: Black Fork Gravel Grinder 54 Mile

May 30: Hellkat 50 Gravel Race

June 20: Cow Pie Classic 33-Mile Gravel Race

July 26: The Divide 34-Mile Gravel Race


Sept 13: Uncle John's Dirty Ride 56-Mile Gravel Race

Sept: Michigan Mountain Mayhem 40-Mile Gravel Race

Oct 31: Lowell Classic Gravel Race 32 Mile



I live in Michigan with my wife, Megan. I started running in September 2010.

(Please note that Strava links might contain blog inappropriate langauge)


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 12.30 Month: 123.40 Year: 123.40
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Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 603.95
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Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 555.65
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Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 740.87
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Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 7560.80
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 469.00
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Lifetime Miles: 230.20
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Lifetime Miles: 165.45
Wahoo Kickr Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Race: Mayor's Cup 10 Miler (15k) (9.36 Miles) 01:00:24, Place overall: 11
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Mayor's Cup 10 Miler - 13.36 total. 1 up, 15k steady state (HR 174), 3 mile barefoot cool down.

I decided to give this one a race report since it was technically a race and although I wasn't really racing for time or place I ran a little harder than I planned. Our team wasn't going to win eveything but I didn't want to go into it with that mindset.

This was the inagural Mayor's Cup and the Wanderers thought I was the best candidate for the 10 miler on the roads. I planned to run a 10 mile progression at roughly marathon pace, starting at just under 6:40 and cutting down. My diet and drinking at my parents' was full on vacation mode and I knew I wasn't going to run roughly 6-minute pace on this course. However, I still wanted to put in an effort and not embarrass myself (even though we aren't a competitive team).

All events had the same start and finish line, which proved near disastrous for my finish (more on that later.) The race started on the historic Bellmont Plateau, so I got to start and finish on part of the course. We took off roughly on time and had some decently dry air for the morning, beautiful for August. The first part is on grass and uphill on some rough sections, so I started sensibly and worked from there. Some decent downhills toward the end of the first mile into the second, then onto and out and back section of Martin Luther King Drive. Below, the slow splits and high heartrate at the end are the hills on the way back up.

I knew I wasn't going to be in contention for the win so I focused on running at an effort slightly higher than my 8 miler aerobic efforts I usually do. I began picking off some guys and working on a pack of ladies who died at various points, while only passing the last lady mere seconds from the finish line. The hills on the way back up hurt a good bit but then I was able to start a decent kick along the grass finish. RIGHT THEN THE 5 MILE RACE TOOK OFF and I ran through a crowd of people who knocked into the woman in front of me. I assured them that I would not stop and I didn't.

I knew the course was short beginning around mile 5 (and what's a kilometer between friends?) but I wasn't worried. I fully expected it.

The rich chocolatey goodness with heart rate (I wanted some early marathon training data to see my progression):

6:30 (160), 5:59 (170), 6:25 (172), 6:21 (174), 6:27 (175), 6:15 (177), 6:21 (178), 6:56 (179), 7:18 (180), 1:51 (181, ~5:15 pace); HR Avg 174

We had a BBQ and beers after. Pretty cool event that was quite well run given its complexity.

PM: Off.

Saucony A6 Miles: 10.36
Weight: 0.00
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